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Weekly Design News Roundup – 14 June 2013

June 14, 2013 • By

The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look Photoshop plugins, how to become a better designer, as well as metro styled WordPress themes and much more.

Best Open Source CSS3 and jQuery Image Captions

The use of image captions within HTML has been a long-standing tradition among web developers. Typically this involves the <figure> and <figcaption> elements, plus some additional CSS styles. Because of the large open source movement we can find even more great examples of plugins and starter scripts for building these image captions in your own projects.


My Favorite Chrome Extensions – I Can’t Work Without Them

As we all know, internet can provide you with a wide source of information. I strongly believe that Google chrome is a great help for everyone. . I would say that chrome is my first priority over other browsers. This does not mean I do not recommend others; in fact I do often use them quite a bit. But I choose Chrome to cover the major part of my work. Chrome extensions help me to complete my work with more accuracy and greater speed. This widely accepted browser enables users to sign in anywhere on chrome and add bookmarks, setting and other resources, a well planned feature to benefit those who are using multiple computers.


Must-know facts about responsive design

Today, there’s even a mini debate going on regarding whether responsive design is here to stay or whether it’s just a flash in the pan. Only time will tell, but for now, it’s clear that responsive design strives to make the user experience as comfortable as possible. Responsive design is a web design philosophy that focuses on creating sites that give users an enhanced viewing experience. This includes features such as effortless navigation and reading, and a minimum of browser resizing, scrolling and panning. All of this takes place across a range of different devices, from desktops to smartphones.


10 Top Link Building Tools to Make Your Life Easier

Link building is not one task in itself, it is a series of events. Everyone completes these steps differently and has a variation on what tools they love to use, but I have a few particularly useful ones that I use at least once a week. I chose these tools because they are easy to use, uncomplicated, and mostly free!


44 Fresh Excellent-Quality Free Fonts for Designers

Display typography is a potent element in graphic design, where there is less concern for readability and more potential for using type in an artistic manner. Below you’ll find Collection of Fresh Excellent-Quality Free Fonts by which you can save money and focus on making great applications. The basic purpose behind this post is to show you Popular, Artistic and most importantly Free Downloadable font types to save your time searching them online. Direct download link available for the entire fonts.


Apple Mac Pro page deconstructed

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held in San Francisco earlier this week introduced a few new Apple products and updates. While the hugely expected iPhone 6 Nano with super narrow display hasn’t been revealed yet, the new iOS 7 caused a huge debate around the “flat” icons and updated UI design. What stood out for me was the new Apple Mac Pro with its futuristic black design and a power house configuration. This futuristic product is also showcasing its features on a great looking website at which is full of interesting effects. To better understand what is happening on the page, have a look at the simplified html page structure below.


10 metro style WordPress themes

Ever since MicroSoft launched its Windows 8 platform, its metro style UI has inspired wordpress themes to be developed. People liked the metro design and wants their blogs or websites to have a similar appearance.  <!–more–>The central characteristics of metro style wordpress themes is their ‘block’ designs. Each block can represent a category or a section of the blog and is identified through the different colors that each block will have. It is an interesting UI innovative and I am not surprised that most folks are loving such a change in their interface.


Building Books with CSS3 · An A List Apart Article

While historically, it’s been difficult at best to create print-quality PDF books from markup alone, CSS3 now brings the Paged Media Module, which targets print book formatting. “Paged” media exists as finite pages, like books and magazines, rather than as long scrolling stretches of text, like most websites. CSS3 allows us to style text, divide it into book pages, and set the page structure as a whole.

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30 Fresh Websites with Parallax Effect

Many web designers often try to use parallax effect when it comes to create a one page website or a small business website, be it an online portfolio or a website of a real estate agency. Also, there is one more type of websites where the parallax effect is often used – those websites where some innovative products are advertised, including movies, cartoons and even books as it is quite easy to make partial retelling of the subject or even offer a little game with the parallax effect.


10 Web Apps for Developers

Web applications have become popular due to the ubiquity of web browsers, and the convenience of using a web browser as a client, sometimes called a thin client. The ability to update and maintain web applications without distributing and installing software on potentially thousands of client computers is a key reason for their popularity, as is the inherent support for cross-platform compatibility. Common web applications include webmail, online retail sales, online auctions, wikis and many other functions. In practice, web interfaces, compared to thick clients, typically force significant sacrifice to user experience and basic usability.


Most Interesting jQuery Image Gallery/Slideshow Plugins

All of us are aware of the myriad of applications and uses of jQuery. It has innumerable purposes like simplifying the creation of web pages that are highly interactive and responsive. But the most telling applications are those that involve images and slideshows. Here are some of the most interesting jQuery image gallery and slideshow plugins.


9 Must-Haves for a Successful Photography Website

These days, everyone has a website and we think they’re great. But how do you know exactly what your friends, family and fans are really thinking when they see it? And if you’re a pro making money from your craft: Are you sure that your site is doing everything it can to get you clients and seal the deal? How much business are you losing from silly mistakes? After browsing tons of sites and hearing the advice from our marvelous team of Support Heroes, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get the best, most effective and appealing website you  possibly can.


The Retina Trifecta: CSS Sprites, IMG Tags, and SVGs, Oh My!

This post is for developers. With the advent of the iPhone 4 and the subsequent releases of the retina iPad and MacBook Pro, Apple has plunged us into a brave new high-resolution world without a means of navigating through it. By much trial and error and research, we think we’ve arrived at some quick, simple, and flexible answers to future-proof your web solutions.


10 Things You Can Do To Become A Better Web Designer

Like a lot of web designers I didn’t go to school to learn design or development. My degrees are in completely unrelated fields. As a web designer and developer I’m close to 100% self-taught. That self-teaching isn’t random though. Since the beginning I’ve set a course for self-study that I continue to adapt to this day. I thought I’d share some of the things I do to continue to improve my design and development skills.


Best Photoshop Plugins for Web Design

Photoshop is one of the best tool to create Mock ups in Web Design. Some Photoshop plugins offer to create Websites, WordPress themes, CSS, favicon, layouts for web design.


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